Racy yearbook photo raises controversy

PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE) – Best smile, most likely to succeed and most likely to skinny dip? A category in a high school yearbook is raising some eyebrows, but it’s the photo that goes along with it that is really stirring up controversy.

“It was kind of tasteless,” said Portales High School Senior Emilee Haman.

Another student called the photo inappropriate.

“It was kind of tacky,” said Senior Ashlynn Idsinga.

Those are just some of the opinions about a picture published in the Portales High School yearbook of what appears to be two students in the nude. Students picked up the 2014 issues last week and in the area where student awards were given out there’s a category called “Most Likely to Skinny Dip.” The pair of students chosen for the award are depicted in a picture where they appear to be naked, posing behind a tree.

“They were trying to be cute, trying to be humorous to a certain extent and it didn’t go over well with a certain fraction who saw the yearbook,” said Portales High School Assistant Principal Garrick Matthews.

Matthews says the district has received numerous complaints about the photo. He says the yearbook staff of about 20 students got the skinny dipping idea off the internet and then picked the winners. The yearbook staff and a teacher were the only ones who saw it before it was published.

“The intent behind it was never to paint the students in a negative light or paint the school in a negative light.” Matthews said.

According to some students it did put the school in a bad light.

“It was inappropriate to be a part in a yearbook to be remembered forever.” Haman said.

Another student didn’t think much of the photos.

“It was kind of funny, but it doesn’t offend me.” Portales High School Senior Matthew Sanchez said.

The district said from now on another set of eyes will be viewing the yearbook before it’s published.

“I can’t change it, but I can tell people were gonna try that those sort of things don’t happen in the future.” said Matthews.

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